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11  My daughter's first doll (that she made, that is . . .) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Padester on: June 22, 2012 07:42:05 PM
So my daughter (6yo) was bugging me to help her make a doll.  We finally downloaded a free pattern (I can try to find the site again if anyone is interested), and she cut out the pattern pieces, cut out the fabric, sewed it all together on the sewing machine (I helped a bit on the curves), turned the pieces right side out, stuffed them and sewed them together.  She then drew on the face and hand-stitched the hair on.  I helped her get started with the hand sewing, but overall, she did 95% of the work herself!  I am so proud of her!

Here is her doll - Betsy

And the proud momma with her dolly:

Thanks for looking!
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12  Lily and Sassafras bowls in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 17, 2012 07:22:37 PM
So I have been on a kick with these bowls, since I got the pattern from keepsake quilting and foudn out how easy and cool they are.  The pattern comes with a maple, birch and palm leaf, which I have made already.  I then decided to go online and find usable outlines of other leaves, and now a flower, to use for the bowls.  So here are my latest creations:

Calla lily:

Sassafras leaf:

Both together:

And the lily with the graphic I printed out from google:

I have a graphic for an iris, too, but am not sure how it will work - it's a bit more involved than these . . . if I attempt it, I will be sure to post it, though.

Thanks for looking!! Cheesy
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13  In honor of St. Patrick's Day . . . in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 15, 2012 09:38:36 AM
So I decided to find an outline of a 4-leaf clover online so I could make a bowl for the holiday!  Here is a link to the original leaf bowls(http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405474.0) - the pattern comes with 3 kinds of leaves, but I figured I could do it with something else! 

And the back, becaue I didn't show the backs for the other bowls:

I am planning to make a sassafrass leaf, too . . .

Thanks for looking!
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14  Re: Leaf Bowls in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 14, 2012 04:49:25 PM
Thanks, everyone!  Here is a pic of the third one I made - the birch leaf.  These are the three that come with the pattern, but I googled leaf outlines, and have another I printed off that I am going to try when I get some time. 

But here is the Birch Leaf:

I think I did a bit better with the satin stich around the edges - did the corners differently, too, and I think they came out better.  Give me another 20 to do and I should be an expert at it!!   Cheesy
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15  Leaf Bowls (now with birch leaf in post #19) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 11, 2012 03:04:55 PM
Okay - not exactly a quilt, but close enough, and I REALLY want to show these off, as I am totally stoked at how they came out!  Definite room for improvement, but still . . .

Here you go - Maple Leaf:

Palm leaf:

Both together, just for the heck of it:

This is a pattern I got from Keepsake Quilting, and you use this really stiff double-sided fusible interfacing that softens up when heated so you can mold it into a bowl shape - I can look up the name if anyone is interested, but can't remember it off the top of my head.

You fuse a backing fabric (didn't get shots of the back, but that's batik, too) to the back, then fuse the various pieces to the front of the bowl.  Then you stitch all around to make the veins in the leaf, and to keep the fabrics on better.  Then you cut it out - all the detail shapes - and go aroudn the edges with a loose satin stitch.  I need a bit of work on my technique with this - might try using embroidery floss around the edges next time - wasn't feeling that ambitious just yet.  Then steam it to make it flexible and mold it over a bowl and let it cool and harden.  Pretty easy, other than the stitching around the edges - man is that a pain!

Anyhow, thanks for looking!!! Grin
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16  New quilt out of leftovers! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: November 05, 2010 06:25:22 PM
Well, I made a really cool (to my mind) quilt with a batik jelly roll a while back (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353078.msg4125468#msg4125468), and had a bunch of leftover pieces of jelly roll.  So this is what I did with it:

Close up of fabrics:

Even closer:

And the back - again needed to stretch how much backing fabric I had, so used some leftover squares from the front (plus, I like how this looks better than just the plain dots!):

It's a bit funky-looking in the pic because I didn't bother to smooth it all down - sorry!  Next time I will be more patient!  Cheesy

C&C welcome!  Thanks for looking!
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17  Mario and a Luma! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Padester on: October 30, 2010 08:52:56 AM
So my kids are totally into Mario (and other Wii games), so we have Mario and a Luma for this year's costumes:


I made the hat, and made the bib part of the "overalls" - it tucks into his jeans in the front, and I safety-pinned the straps to the back of his jeans - makes for easy-off for bathroom breaks!  Bought the shirt and gloves.


This one I made from looking at images online - here's a good source if you don't know what a luma is:

Thanks for looking!   Smiley
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18  Luma costume (from Super Mario Galaxy) for my daughter! in Halloween Costumes by Padester on: October 20, 2010 07:08:05 AM
Here she is:

And here it is with no one in it:

I just looked at images online (http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&source=imghp&q=Luma+mario&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=g3&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=) and went to work!  Turned out pretty well, I think!

Thanks for looking!   Grin
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19  Starry Twirl dress and matching AG dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Padester on: August 06, 2010 04:18:49 PM
So today is my dd's 5th b-day, and she had an "outer space" themed pool party.  (Don't ask.  She's 5.)  Well, there are apparently NO easy-to-find outer-space party supplies, so I decided to get some space-y fabric to use for tablecloths, and afterwards, made my dd a dress out of some of it.

And the twirl factor (sorry for the bad pic):

I also decided to make a dress for the American Girl doll that my MIL sent for her:

and the twins together in their finery:

And then, Just 'cuz it's cool, here are some pics of clothes my mom made for the doll:

My mom had made my dd a similar dress out of this fabric.

And then what dd has dubbed Felicity's "back to school" outfit:

I know a lot of this is not kid clothing, but it IS for my kid . . . sort of!  Hope you enjoy!

C&C welcome! Grin
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20  Jelly Roll Quilt (lots of pics!) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: July 07, 2010 05:42:42 PM
Okay - so this quilt has a lot of firsts for me:
- first time using a jelly roll
- first time with a pieced binding
- first time making my own binding
- first time using a pieced back

I am quite happy with how it came out!

The top:

Close ups of the fabrics and binding:

The back:

I didn't have enough of the polka-dot fabric, and had a bunch of the quilt blocks left over as well as several strips of jelly roll, so this is what happened!

Here is a closer pic of the piecing on the back:

Thanks for looking!  C&C welcome! Grin

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